The Music of Langston Hughes

Port Town: An Opera in One Act – Vocal Score


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Libretto by Langston Hughes

Born in 1902, Langston Hughes was a versatile artist whose creative endeavors extended far beyond the realm of poetry. Among his remarkable works, “Port Town: An Opera in One Act” stands out as a testament to his talents as a playwright and librettist. This opera, featuring the vocal score, offers a distinctive exploration of African American life and culture within the vibrant context of a bustling port city.

In “Port Town,” Hughes’s narrative brilliance shines through as he masterfully weaves together themes of migration, identity, and community in a compact one-act production. As a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes employed this opera to delve into the intricate and pressing issues of his era. His unique ability to capture the essence of the African American experience and express it through diverse artistic forms cements his legacy as a visionary artist and astute social commentator.

This opera not only serves as a testament to Hughes’ enduring impact on American literature and theater but also exemplifies his unwavering dedication to illuminating the rich tapestry of African American stories, offering a lasting and profound contribution to the world of the performing arts.


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The Music of Langston Hughes

Inspired by his messages of justice, freedom, and the hope that a brighter future lies ahead, notable composers and arrangers have beautifully coupled Langston Hughes' passionate words with equally captivating music.

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